Chris Benes – President

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Chris has lived in Lake Forest since 2011 with his wife Krista with whom he has two young sons, Gus (10) and Gabriel (6).  He was born and raised in Chicago, IL, and graduated from Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN with a B.S. in Computer Science.  He served on the Purdue College of Science Alumni Board for a number of years, one term as President.  He has volunteered with Catholic Charities and CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) of Illinois.

Chris spent 17 years in real-time embedded systems engineering in various development and management and leadership positions at telecommunication and professional audio companies including Tellabs, Motorola, and Shure.  He started, built, and ran an online virtual training business for 6 years.  He is currently Vice President of Software Engineering at DFIN where he is responsible for the Global Site Reliability Engineering of DFIN’s software products that provide compliance and regulatory solutions for capital markets IPO and M&A transactions and SEC filings.  He enjoys serving the residents of Lake Forest as a Caucus Committee member.

Michael O’Neill – Ward 3 Chair

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Michael and his spouse, Andra, and have lived in Lake Forest for 25 years.  He has been blessed to have raised five children in the community.  He has over 40 years experience in the Food Industry in sales and supply chain.   He strongly believes in God/Faith, Family/friends, and Country/community.  Michael enjoys working on the Caucus as a representative of Ward 3 and helping to continue the legacy of Lake Forest as a desirable place to live.